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By Jay Bobbin
Joe Mantegna confirms it's a week of mixed emotions on the set of "Criminal Minds."
The cast and crew of the CBS crime drama are wrapping up work on the seventh-season finale, a rare two-hour episode set to air Wednesday, May 16. While the extended length is a nod to the show's continued strength, it also marks the departure of Paget Brewster -- alias Agent Emily Prentiss of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit -- as a cast regular.
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First things first. Many fans were upset because there was no Hotch/Morgan denouement in this episode. Or at least not the one that so many fans wanted. I can understand that – I wouldn’t have argued with Hotch giving Morgan a taste of his own medicine, to treat Morgan with the anger and disdain that Morgan treated him when he found out Hotch had lied about Emily’s death. But when you think about it, it would have been out of character for Hotch. Hotch doesn’t get even or throw things back in people’s faces. He moves on. And frankly, I think Morgan got plenty of tastes of his own medicine from his sister, Aunt and Garcia. All we get is Hotch telling Morgan the two of them will need to talk when he arrives in Chicago and it is inferred that they probably had a little chat.
Background: Morgan has a cousin, Cindy, who went into hiding 8 years previously after being stalked by a man named John Hitchens. Two weeks following Cindy’s disappearance, Hitchens supposedly committed suicide and Cindy had not been heard from since. Last year in the episode 'The Sea', Morgan told his Aunt that the serial killer in that episode had killed Cindy, not that it was true, but to give his aunt some closure. He lied about Cindy’s supposed death. At the beginning of this episode, Morgan’s sister Desiree, is in her car at a stop light and a car pulls up beside her with Cindy in the passenger seat of the car. Desiree tries to get her attention and the car flees. She tries to follow the car and gets into a car accident, which gets Morgan to come back home to Chicago and the story unfolds.
Synopsis: When Morgan hears Desiree's story and her insistence that it was Cindy that she saw, Morgan confesses that he lied to his family about Cindy’s death. His other sister is upset with him when she finds out he lied and his Aunt wallops him upside the head! When the team starts their investigation with Hitchen's suicide, they find that the high powered gun used, overkill for a suicide attempt, was not purchased by him but by a man named Malcolm Ford. In the meantime, Cindy and Ford are packing up their things, loading up the SUV and throwing papers into the fireplace to burn. Ford gives Cindy a gun and tells her to put it in the glove compartment of the car. While Cindy is loading up the SUV, she tells their neighbor they are going to the cabin for the weekend. Remember the cabin, it is important later on. They go to a Company member’s home to get a new vehicle and contact information for another Company man to get them into Canada. Cindy is very upset that they will not be going to the cabin. While they are waiting in a grocery store parking lot for the contact, Ford sends Cindy into the store to get him something to eat. He finds that the gun is not in the glove compartment, he goes into the store and yanks Cindy out and takes possession of the gun. Cindy had put a can of stew in her purse and it sets off the store alarms when they try to leave. The manager gets suspicious and calls the police.
Meanwhile back at the ranch . . . the team follows the lead to Ford’s house, but find it empty with a partially burned contract of indentured servitude between Ford and Cindy and deduce that they are now on the run. They respond to the grocery store manager’s call and find Ford but no Cindy. They arrest Ford and bring him back to the police station but Rossi tells Morgan to work the scene. Morgan has a conniption fit about this and when Garcia calls him to give him some information, he is snippy with her. Garcia TOTALLY lets him have it, tells him that this isn’t about him, it isn’t personal, it is about finding his cousin and until he gets his head back together, she didn’t want to talk to him anymore. And then she hangs up on him. Garcia is not afraid to speak her mind! Morgan is PO’d but Garcia’s blessing him out makes him reevaluate and work the scene, leading to an important discovery. The can of stew Cindy shoplifted was the exact same brand that they used to eat as kids. It was a message!
At the police station, Emily and JJ go into the interrogation room talking about JJ’s son and Will, and when Ford tries to speak, JJ shushes him and tells him they will tell him when it is time to talk. WHAT A GREAT MOMENT, they totally got under his skin. They leave and Morgan goes in, promising to keep his cool – which didn’t happen. What did happen is that Ford’s lawyer showed up and Cindy was with him. She said she didn’t want to press charges and said she needed to go home and fix Ford his dinner.
Cindy’s mother was at the station and tried to talk to her, but Cindy turned her back to her and didn’t want to talk to her.
Once Ford and Cindy were in the car, Ford said they could go to the cabin and Cindy was very happy about that.
Back in BAU-land, Morgan starts analyzing what Cindy said – about fixing dinner and took out the can of stew and told the team that they used to eat that very brand of stew when they were kids. He asked Hotch what his mother fed him for breakfast as a child and then asked what he fed Jack for breakfast and the team catches on – Morgan though that Cindy and Ford had a child. That would be a reason why Cindy came back with a lawyer – Ford kept the child from her to keep her in line, which fits the profile.
Morgan talks to the lawyer, asking how Cindy found a lawyer so quickly when she had been held as a prisoner for 8 years. How could she do that unless Malcom told her where to go. Then he tells the lawyer that he must be a company man and tells him they know about his mail order Russian bride. The lawyer caves and tells him about the cabin where the children are kept.
Ford and Cindy are at the cabin going to get their son, and when they wake him, he is surprised to see them because it wasn’t Christmas – how sad is that? The kids were only able to see their parents at Christmas. They are exiting the back door as the BAU is pulling up at the cabin.
Morgan hears the boy cry out and goes out back looking for them. Ford jumps Morgan, but Morgan quickly gets the upper hand. Cindy makes him stop and points the gun at Ford. Morgan takes the gun from her and turns to leave. Ford gets up and tries to run, but Emily and JJ are there and arrest him.
The episode ends with a reunion Cindy’s mother who gets to meet her grandson. As they walk off, Garcia appears and hugs Morgan and calls him her hero. A little sappy, yes, but still a great episode.
Lady Of the Lake
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
When will Strauss be back on Criminal Minds? — Allen
ADAM: She will be back from rehab just in time for the two-hour finale. And although she usually stirs up drama... to read more go to TvGuide
ROSSI AND THE TEAM TEACH COLLEGE STUDENTS ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF CRIMINAL PROFILING, AS THEY LOOK BACK ON A SERIAL KILLING CASE THAT SPANNED NEARLY 20 YEARS, ON “CRIMINAL MINDS,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
CHEAT TWEET: Rossi goes back 2 school 2 teach college students the science of criminal profiling, on #CriminalMinds 5/9 9pm ET/PT http://bit.ly/Ijn1o9
“Profiling 101” – Rossi and the team present one of the longest-tenured serial killer cases to college students, and they take the class through a nearly 20-year chase for the murderer, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Mackenzie Astin (“The Facts of Life”) guest stars as shuttle driver Dylan Kohler.
Joe Mantegna (David Rossi)
Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner)
Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss)
Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan)
Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid)
A.J. Cook (Jennifer “JJ” Jareau)
Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia)
Elizabeth June (Professor Marsha Grant)
Zack Weinstein (David Zimmerman)
Nate Thomas (Lance)
Sally Hughes (Devin)
Kagiso Alicia Paynter (Bianca)
Ashley Leggat (Sloan)
Kelly Lynn Warren (Trudy Yates, 1977)
Alec Gatlin (10-year-old Tommy)
Daniel Guzman (Dr. Castro)
Tara Shayne (Tina Dyson)
Kellen McGee (Angie)
Adam Nelson (Tommy)
Eileen Fogarty (Dr. Lin)
Cyndi Martino (Diane)
Denise Carole (Crystal)
Rene Ashton (Grace Powell)
Kay D’Arcy (Trudy Yates, 2005)
Julie Dove (Brianne Matloff)
Eugenia Care (Marie)
Shannon Sullivan (Ruth Taylor)
Linda Sandee Larson (Lynn)
Dan Owens (Steve)
Richard Henning (John)
Elizabeth Southard (Becca)
Paul Morgan Fredrix (Donald)
Jolie Adamson (Georgina Yates)
Thomas Phelan (15-year-old Tommy)
WRITTEN BY: Virgil Williams
DIRECTED BY: Felix Alcala
Monday, April 16, 2012
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Written by : Sharon Lee Watson
Directed by : Matthew Gray Gubler
After watching this episode no less than four times, I’m still not quite sure what I think about it. For me, there is still something lacking in the writing. The story was laid out too soon and was very predictable after the first 10-15 minutes. There was no tension, no suspense, and very little action – except for the wonderfully choreographed fight scene between Hotch and James at the end. It reminded me a bit of the fight scene from “The Tribe”, which is still one of my all-time favourite episodes – and I’m not even the Hotch fan of the group!
James, who is just as delusional as his mother was, thanks to her brainwashing him as a child (at least that’s how I interpreted it), is killing women who he believes are the devil’s wives. It’s hard to believe that his younger sister, Lara, is a willing participant in the killings. Their relationship is a strange one, almost bordering on incestuous. He makes sure that she is completely dependent on him and that she has no one else to turn to, no friends, no contact with people at school. In the end, during one of his delusional breaks, he paints a picture of his sister, and believes her to be one of the devil’s wives.
Lara knows she will die and begs James not to sew her into the poisoned dress. Thankfully the team arrives in time to for Emily to save her, while Hotch hunts down her brother, fights with him and in the struggle to get the UNSUB off of him, Hotch knocks James against the well and James accidentally falls to his death. Hotch tries to reach to catch James, but is unable to save him.
What I did like about the episode was great acting, all around, from the cast and the guests. I loved the way the lighting was done, especially in the morgue scene and the scene where JJ and Prentiss were searching for medical records from the psychiatric clinic. It was a great touch from MGG to make it look more macabre. I liked the music throughout and thought it added a nice touch and made a story that wasn’t very suspenseful at least seem as though it was a bit. I loved that we saw more of Emily in this ep. It’s almost as if she’s been an afterthought this season. My favourite line from the ep was Garcia’s comment about the system being down and the fact that she nicknamed the system Persephone. I just thought that was a great line.
Some of the other banter from Garcia throughout the episode almost seemed forced and out of place, like the writer was trying too hard to incorporate some of the banter from previous eps – it was almost overused, in my opinion. I would have loved to have had more tension, more suspense. Not to have known that James was the UNSUB from the beginning. To have not had Lara involved in the murders – for her to have been clueless as to what her brother was up to. At least then, someone would have been left guessing what was going on.
It certainly wasn’t one of my favourite episodes of the season, which makes me really sad, because I believe that Matthew Gray Gubler is a brilliant director when given great material to direct. I hope that the writing for next season will get back to the basics of what made CM great: suspense, tension, not revealing the UNSUB from the very beginning of the episode, and some action thrown in here and there.